The Rhode Island Monthly looks at the highly debated issue of illegal immigration. Some argue that illegal aliens cost taxpayers millions of dollars- receiving free education for their children and medical services. Others debate that illegal aliens provide the U.S. with a strong economy, doing the jobs that would not normally be done. In addition, critics say 'it is common for illegals to obtain false Social Security numbers so that they can work. Therefore, they have taxes taken out like everybody else.' As more visas expire, they become part of the estimated "12,000 to 40,000" illegal aliens found in Rhode Island. These numbers lead many people to the idea of allowing immigrants "to become legal in a timely and uncomplicated manner."
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